New website!

This website is in the process of being fully updated, so apologies if any links do not work correctly. Images and additional links are still being added. Happy New Year!
(January 2017).


Photography and Design

Contact me to commission photography, or for the design of books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts regarding saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

Stained glass image of St James, Llanasa.Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae: The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints

Following the success of a recent funding application to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, my current project at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 'The Cult of Saints in Wales', will be succeeded by a new project that begins in January 2017.

This new project is based at the University of Cambridge and will be run in collaboration with the Centre, led by Professor Paul Russell. The project continues the work of editing and translating medieval texts about saints in Wales, but turns our attention from Welsh-language texts to Latin ones.

The projects overlap for a few months, as the 'Cult of Saints in Wales' officially concludes in March. We are presently completing the interpretation for the forthcoming exhibition 'Chwedlau'r Seintiau' / 'Stories of the Saints' at the National Library of Wales, which opens in February.

 

New book on the stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo now available

This new book about the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo, in northern Anglesey, is the most ambitious book published to date by Sulien Books.

The text is primarily the work of the late J.O. Hughes and his wife Catherine Hughes, and their notes were prepared by Avril Lloyd for publication, who also oversaw the translation for a parallel Welsh text. The book provides an introduction to the church and its patrons, which also explains how the stained glass was acquired by the family. There are illustrations and notes for all of the main panels.

In addition, I added a section about the dating and attribution of the glass, which has been a subject of debate for the last thirty-five years or more. I also contributed an article about the sixteenth-century glass for the November issue (104) of Vidimus. Copies of the book, with parallel English and Welsh texts, can be obtained from the church or from the Sulien Books website.

 

Lectures for November

I have recently given lectures on stained glass in Shrewsbury and in Bangor. The lecture on 17 November at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery introduced David Evans and the early Gothic Revival in the first half of the nineteenth century. This was part of the accompanying programme of events organised by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery to coincide with the Margaret Rope exhibition. David Evans was also relevant to the talk in Bangor for the North West Wales Art Fund at Storiel, Bangor, on the 22 November 2016. He made the figures for the east window of Bangor Cathedral in 1840 and 1843 (see my blog post about this commission), and the talk provided an introduction to the stained glass in the churches of Bangor, including those recently closed.

 

 

Recent news and events

 

Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.